This is the perfect lunch or light supper dish and is wonderful with different meats-- or leave the meats out entirely, if you prefer. I love how the tomatoes take on a roasted flavor as it bakes. This dish is a real breeze with a mandoline slicer- have I told you how nice this tool is? I have fallen in love with it for thinly slicing garlic when I sauté vegetables, slicing carrots thinly for salads (my kids don't love big chunks of anything hard to chew- eating a salad will take forever!). I also love to use this slicer for the veggies in this dish. I'm so crazy that I almost took it to my parents house when I went for a visit the last time because it is cuts down on prep time so much! Anyways, back to the recipe-- check this out and give it a try and see my notes at the bottom.
- 1 pie crust
- 1 small yellow squash, thinly sliced
- 1 small zucchini squash, thinly sliced
- 1 large or 3 small potatoes, thinly sliced (may leave skins on)
- 1 medium or large onion- I used a mix of red and sweet onion, diced
- 1/4 pound ham, diced (may use bacon or other meat)
- 1 cup shredded cheese of choice- I used mix of cheddar and monterey jack
- 1 large tomato or 2 plum tomatoes, sliced
- oregano, divided, crushing in palm of hand before sprinkling over tart
- seasoned salt/pepper
- celery salt
- 2-3 Tbsp milk
- 5 eggs
- After your vegetables are sliced, cover the potatoes so they do not brown.
- Place pie crust in a deep dish 10 inch pie pan.
- Begin layering about half of each of the vegetables except the tomatoes, seasoning well with salt/pepper and herbs between each layer.
- Then sprinkle top of vegetables with onion and cheese and then ham or meat.
- Repeat layers, seasoning each layer well until all the squash, potatoes, onion and meat is in the pie.
- In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and milk together with 1/4- 1/2 tsp seasoned salt/pepper and then pour over the vegetables in the pie crust.
- Arrange tomato slices over the top and sprinkle with more salt/pepper and crushed oregano. Cut a couple smaller slices into 1/2 to make crescent shapes and place them in the center to form a swirl or pinwheel effect.
- Fold the top edges of the pie crust over the pie.
- Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 1 hour- 1 hour and 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender to fork. Remove foil for the last 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle more cheese on top if desired.
*Note: If you want this to bake quicker, sauté the squash and potatoes with a couple tablespoons of butter or oil for about 5 minutes until they are just beginning to soften. Then follow the recipe as above. This will shorten the baking time by at least half.